Last year, AmeriGas made over 4 million deliveries nationwide to all of our customers. We’re proud that we’re able to do this safely and reliably to keep your business going. And although we’ve been doing this for a long time (over 50 years), even we were amazed when we ran the numbers for what it takes to make it all happen.
Whether you call it a big rig, 18-wheeler, or a semi, we have quite a collection when it comes to our transport trucks. Our fleet of these includes 1,370 trailers and 310 tractors. Additionally, our supply transportation fleet also includes 350 railroad tank cars that help to ship propane all across the county.
More commonly, however, you’ll see our delivery and service trucks on the road. That fleet includes 2,540 bobtails, 2,190 service trucks, and 300 rack trucks. Our bobtails are 4300 International models with automatic transmissions (read more about a day in the life of one of our bobtail drivers, Teri Parker). The standard bobtail includes between a 2,800 and 3,200 gallon barrel, with some that go up to 3,499 gallons when needed. The bobtails are outfitted with a 3 inch pump that can deliver from 63 to 121 gallons per minute of propane. Finally, they also include an electronic meter to measure delivery amounts.
All of those trucks and all of those deliveries add up. In 2011, AmeriGas vehicles drove a combined 46,814,164 miles. Even if you like taking road trips, that’s a whole lot of ground to cover. To give it some perspective, consider these numbers:
9,577 – At 2,444 miles between New York and Los Angeles, 46.8 million miles is equivalent to 9,577 round trips between the two cities.
1,880 – The distance around the earth’s equator is 24,902 miles. We drove around it 1,880 times in 2011.
196 – NASA put a man on the moon in 1969. We covered the 238,857 miles to the moon over 196 times last year.
So next time you see an AmeriGas bobtail or service truck on the road, smile and wave to the driver – they have a long way to go.AmeriGas Propane